‘Imaging Time’ at Chessman Gallery

“Mill Creek Fantasy” will be included in a new exhibit at the Chessman Gallery in Lincoln City, “Imaging Time,” a collection of photography by local artist Ralph Elliott. (Courtesy photo)

Exhibit features photography by Ralph Elliott

The Chessman Gallery in Lincoln City will be displaying a new exhibit, “Imaging Time, from Jan. 11 through Feb. 4.

This exhibit is a collection of photography by local artist Ralph Elliott, comprised primarily of water and immersed object images creating landscapes that emphasize action, event, process and time.

An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 11 at the gallery, which is located inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Highway 101.

“The majority of these water photographs are the result of a three-year project,” said Elliott. “My goal was to train my eye to look not at objects per se, but instead at the objects embedded in time. I attempted to create images that capture not only the single instant of an event, but that also suggest time — a history and a future — beyond the frame of the event itself in terms of location, action, process or state of being.”

Elliott said water has the characteristic of changing constantly over timescales measured in seconds to seasons, from hours to eons, and viewing things in this way “gives me a vision of an event as an occurrence, rather than as an unchanging material reality. It trains my eye to see normal landscapes as responses to the forces acting upon them. Objects then appear as they do because of their relationship to the forces at play around them, illuminating a dynamic, rather than a static landscape.”

For more information about this show or any of the many events going on at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, call 541-994-9994, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook.